Word in the wind is that Microsoft is very close to acquiring game development studio Obsidian Entertainment. Obsidian is best know for its critically acclaimed role-playing games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Fallout: New Vegas, and more. According to Kotaku, sources close to the companies have said that the deal is “90%” finished, and that it was “a matter of when, not if.”
Obsidian was first founded in 2003 and has been independent since. It is a studio beloved by fans of the RPG genre for obvious reasons. Unfortunately they’ve been facing financial difficulties of late, in fact, prior to that, they almost went out of business back in 2012, but managed to come back after kickstarting the isometric RPG Pillars of Eternity via Kickstarter.
While being owned by another company could limit the amount of creative control a studio might have, there are also advantages to being owned by a company with deep pockets.
Obsidian had announced in 2017 that they were developing a new RPG that was to be published by Private Division, a 2K Games label. There was no other info other than that, but if the sale goes through, which seems to be the most likely scenario, we have no idea as to how they’ll proceed with that contract. Maybe Microsoft will step in and buy the contract, or maybe they’ll just go with it and let it continue.
Microsoft has been on spree this year, already snagging four game studios including the likes of Ninja Theory, Mojang, and Playground. Microsoft has been rather weak in its first-party developer options this generation, as compared to the success Sony has been seeing with the PlayStation. Hopefully, picking up a top-class RPG studio might help with that.
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